It’s all out there. When publishing Selena Gomez: My mind and I, Selena Gomez is “excited and relieved” to share her story, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us weekly.
That Only murders in the building The 30-year-old actress chronicled her career milestones and her physical and mental health between 2016 and 2020 in her Apple TV+ documentary, which premiered earlier this month.
“She put her heart and soul into this and it took a hell of a lot of courage to go as deep into her journey as she did,” the insider says Us the participation of Gomez. “As happy and centered as she is now, she is someone who will openly admit that she has hit a wall many times in her life and had to rebuild and rebuild when all hope seemed lost.”
The source continued, “She’s grateful to have had these second chances, especially because it gives her the opportunity to help others and send the message loud and clear that anything is possible if you have the right mindset and… has the right tools at hand.”
The film directed by Alex KeshishianShe started with the then 23-year-old Disney Channel grad preparing for her 2016 year revival Trip. Gomez eventually decided to cancel performances after 55 shows after suffering a “psychotic break” and subsequently entering a treatment facility. After three years of constant medical care, My mind & I Production resumed in 2019.
“When you’re struggling with your mental health, the key thing is to know what to do and to recognize that,” Gomez said in the documentary about her battle with depression brought on by her lupus. “I’m not ashamed of that. I had to relearn things.”
That Wizards of Waverly Place Alum, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2015 and revealed her bipolar diagnosis in 2020, admitted she’s “gone completely insane.” She added, “It was like, ‘Hey, you’re not a bad person, you’re not a gross person, you’re none of that. But you have to deal with that. I know it’s a lot, but that’s the reality.’ And I have found that I have a relationship with Bipolar and myself – it will be there. I just make it my friend to know. I think I had to go through it to be who I am and I will continue to go through it.”
While Gomez — a passionate mental health advocate — is relieved to speak out about her experience, the former child star had “serious nerves” and concerns ahead of the film’s release.
“It felt scary showing so much of herself and Selena wouldn’t have been a person if that didn’t feel daunting and scary before she approved the final version. She overcame the nervousness by reminding herself why it was so important to persevere, speak her truth and hopefully inspire,” the source adds. “The feedback she has received so far has been overwhelming, everyone is thrilled and telling her to be so proud of who she really is.”
In addition to being candid about her health challenges, Gomez also opened up about her time in the spotlight and dealing with her public breakup Justin Bieber. The couple were on and off from 2011 to 2018 before moving on with his now-wife Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin).
“She didn’t want the headlines to focus on her and Justin, that part of her life is long gone,” the insider explains Us, and notes that the Rare Beauty founder is passionate about not letting a past relationship dictate her reputation in the future. “There have been very difficult moments between them over the years, everyone knows that, but she chooses to keep them private and not think about it.”
As My mind & I to critical acclaim, Gomez and her mother and former manager Mandy Teefey — who spoke about her relationship with her daughter in the documentary — are ready to postpone their relationship beyond release.
“The reason for that is that we lived some of it together. We went through that and found healing and overcame some of it,” the 46-year-old Wondermind co-founder said during a November appearance on the On Purpose With Jay Shetty podcast, noting that she had no plans to watch the documentary. “And even if it’s something she’s been going through, and I didn’t know she was going through it, as a mother, it’s going to affect me. It’s going to hurt my stomach, it’s going to put me in that mindset, and I’m going to wish I could go and protect her.”
To find out more about Gomez’s reaction to the documentary, watch the video above and grab the latest issue of us weekly, now at the kiosk.
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